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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

534 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 534
Hads: 2,291
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 4.15%
Wants: 134
Gots: 373 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 01-22-2010

Available: January to May
Alc. by Vol.: 6.2%
IBUs: 60

192 calories per 12 oz serving
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Reviews: 534 | Hads: 2,291
Photo of ChrisCage
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazed orange tinged copper color and comes with a one finger thick head that is cloud white. It retains quite well, settling to a thin, but densely populated fine bubbly film. Lacing is above average but doesn't cling lquite ike I thought it would but that's ok. This looks to be fairly heavily carbonated as well. Decent looking overall....

S- There is much more malt noticeable compared to an IPA, which gives this a good counter balance to the citrusy smelling hops. Reasonably modest in aroma generally, but it's nice as it's not an overpowering hop bomb!

T- Very well rounded flavors! The soft citrus hop character is balanced by a slightly honeyed malt profile and some biscuit like qualities. The finish has some earthy, leafy flavors that keep this bitter yet dry and thirst quenching.

M- A smooth and creamy mouthfeel make this a very enjoyable brew to drink. There is a hopped oiliness that contributes to this in my opinion. The body is reasonably full and the carbonation is deceiving....it's not palate scrubbing at all.

O- A very well made beer. It's well balanced, full of flavor, easy to drink and is quenching on the palate. I would recommend this to anyone who likes this style and who wants something that's reserved yet does the job well! (1,282 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of APA's, and I am a firm believer that Deschutes Brewery is a gem of an operation. With those two things being said, when I happened upon a six pack of this at the store, I bought it without hesitation. Poured from a bottle into my Camp Shelby Army National Guard mug.

Appearance - Pours a nice dark copper, almost rust color with a two finger head that exits stage left fairly quickly. Leaves great lacing.

Smell - Everything you would expect out of an APA, or even an IPA. Orange peel, grapefruit, resin and pine dominate the nose. I actually smelled this beer as I was pouring it and not looking at it because my wife was saying something to me. When I smell a beer from four feet away, it's gonna be good.

Taste - Hop forward, in your face. Citrus, pine, and grapefruit are the order of the day, backed by nice creamy malts that make their presence felt more as the beer warms up. Excellent taste, so close to a well-balanced IPA it's ridiculous. This brew could likely double as either an American or India, because I've taste "IPA's" that aren't this hoppy. It's a good hoppy though, very well done. 6.4% ABV totally masked.

Mouthfeel - Finishes nice and smooth, with a thickness that complements the taste very nicely. Nothing in the finish distracts from the overall excellence of the taste.

Overall - Deschutes does not disappoint, once again. I will likely have to put them in the same category as Founders, in that I have never had a "bad" beer from them to speak of. This is a very impressive APA. I would highly recommend this beer to the novice and the experienced beer drinker alike. Absolutely drink this one. (1,646 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Portland pub on 1.6.2012.

A - Served a nice medium orange with a tan head. The head lingers for a bit then fades to a small film and leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

S - Pine, grass, and floral like most Deschutes hoppy beers.

T - Taste is similar, floral, grass, orange, pine.

D - Good carbonation with a nice body.

O - Solid, but not amazing. Good hop presence, but not overly. (402 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 4/5/2012) into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous coppery amber w/ a thick khaki head, nice lacing.

Aroma is fresh, piney, citrusy, floral. Nice hoppy goodness.

Taste is a great balance between a bready pale/caramel malt blend and nice bitter hops.

Overall, just a tasty understated brew. Would be great w/ a burger. This should be available year round. (368 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice robust pale ale with good hearty tones. Lots of hop action, in a pale ale fashion, but not obliterating the palate. This is a nice drinker. I bet it'd be nice on cask. And, I bet if I had a very fresh sample, I would enjoy it even more. (251 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, tropical, and other citrus hops with some pine hops, and sweet caramel malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and other citrus hops and some bitterness. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and pine hops and some bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hoppy pale ale. Good overall balance with a nice hop profile. (724 characters)

Photo of MsRif
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Deschutes in Portland, OR. Poured a reddish/orange (almost amber) color with a small white head that retained well and left spotty lacing on the glass. Had an aroma of fruity/floral and resinous hops. Definite taste of caramel, mango? and citrus. Very nice hop profile that is balanced well with sweet malts.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable...a very enjoyable beer. (411 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from undated bottle to pint glass. The beer pours a deep copper with just a light haze. Nice 1.5 finger white head with some retention and excellent lacing.

S - Light hop tones of pine, earth, citrus, and fruit along with a strong caramel malt.

T - Very good, with a nice caramel malt and biscuit backbone. The sweetness of the malt is mild and pleasant and blends with the fruity nature of the hops well. The hops provide more fruit character than found in the nose: still piney and earthy but flavors of peach, grapefruit, and tangerine. Mild bitterness. Well balanced.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. Smooth.

O - A very good example of an APA. I would highly recommend this brew. (704 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-amber color with a large off-white head and great lacing and retention

S-orange zest, yeasty bread, floral aromas

T-orange, caramel, malt, pine, and nice bitter hop flavor

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp mouthfeel

O-a delicious APA with good flavor and balance, could drink this all day (307 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to snifter. Pours about a finger of dense, off-white foam with good retention, fading into a thin film with a thick collar. Firm lacing rings. Reddish amber color and moderately cloudy. Vibrant nose highlights caramel and honey fronting a syrupy malt backbone. Notes of pears. To me, I feel that pear is the most apparent flavor profile, but matches aroma well. Has some band-aid flavors in background. Moderate bitterness balanced well by light citrus fruits. Feels medium bodied, with moderate carbonation lingering on center/front of tongue. Lightly viscous. Delicious brew, I love the aroma and flavor, minus the band-aid character. For about a dollar per beer, I plan on keeping them on hand. (716 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 4/4/13

A: Clear amber body. Generous soapy head and excellent retention.

S: Nice notes of malt and hops.

T: Awesome balance. Fantastic fresh hop flavors with a malt backbone.

M: Drinks great. Good levels of carbonation, medium-bodied. I'd knock these back with fervor.

O: I love their Mirror Pond and this is just as good, if not better. (351 characters)

Photo of darthvohn
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glass Used: Nonic Pint

Appearance: A red-orange tinged copper with a clear body holding talcum-like sediment in suspension. An off-white head was frothy and thick leaving lots of clingy lace behind as it subsides.

Smell: Orange, lemon and pineapple come through for the citrus notes with some banana notes while floral pine from the hops backed up by bready malt.

Taste: Floral and fruity, sweet and malty. Resin hits after the hop bitterness settles. Finishes with a peppery bite.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with moderate carb. A bit dry.

Overall: A great sessionable pale ale that I would gladly enjoy again. (617 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this before... BBD of 06/05/13

Pours copper with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Orange peel, pine & breadyness, fades as this warms, some pear, honey & lemons surface

T: Nice citrussy hops, a kiss of grassyness, a bit of biscuitty malt, plus some slight crackery notes up front. Some grapefruit, tangerine, & breadyness as this warms. Finishes slightly grainy, with lemons, a touch of mango, dryness, & flinty dryness

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, great balance

So drinkable, I think we got some old crap last summer when this was introduced tp Missouri last Summer. This will be in the hot weather rotation if I can get this fresh (711 characters)

Photo of grover37
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance (3): The clear, dark orange or copper body pours with less than a finger of off-white head. It reduces to a thin layer on top. No lacing.

Aroma (3.5): The toasty and caramel malts shine here where you'd expect the hops to stand out. There is a faint floral, dark pine scent that mixes well with the caramel backbone however.

Taste (4.5): The flavors are much more impressive than the nose. A slightly sweet caramel comes through first with some pine. The middle is a big pine and mango flavor. The finish is even more pine, resinous and coating. There is no ethanol whatsoever for a very big Pale Ale at 6.4%.

Mouthfeel (4): Medium body and medium to low carbonation. It is smooth and almost a bit creamy, with an oily and coating finish.

Overall (5): This jumps into my list of top Pale Ales along with Alpha King, Daisy Cutter, and DC Brau Public. Although the nose doesn't stand out, the flavors are incredible and the mouthfeel is very pleasant. A very well done beer which I will seek out again. (1,052 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle no date

after having only 1 of the 6, i can safely say this is an excellent beer. tons of malt; savory roasted malts, buttery malts, chocolate, toffee, molasses, toasted grain all holding back bitter, flowery hops. the citrus isnt as pronounced as the bottle makes it seem, but it's there.

terrific stuff (318 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly weathered copper orange in color and a deep hazw. Poured with an off white foam. Both soapy and tight, frothy bubbles and medium retention. Medium high hop aroma: tangerine, herbal mint, spicy. Medium sweet malt aroma beneath. Medium bodied with creamy, medium high carbonation. Light, pleasant, warming sensation beneath. Medium high hop flavors and bitterness: earthy herbal mint and orange zest. Medium low maltiness. Balance certainly tips toward the hop side but not too drastically. Finished dryly with a light minty, herbal hop aftertaste. A well constructed, well balanced, easy drinking pale ale. (613 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great great seasonal. a nice change of pace from the malt bomb spice happy winter beers of 2011/12. this one smells a little sweet, malty and complex, but lighter and drankable. balanced flavor, notes of caramel malts but also some paler stuff and a touch of hops to finish it. fantastic flavor, really really silky in the mouth, like the dead song feel like a stranger... gonna be a silky silky crazy crazy night. thats this beer, smooth as hell and drinkable for days. love love love it (488 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Freshness date is "06/14/13."

The appearance is very reminiscent of a British bitter in the pub pint, complete with a clear, amberish reddish color. A nice initial 3-finger to half-finger of head sticks around the whole time, and leaves behind a good amount of lacing in the process. Carbonation is plentiful, although fairly modest and scattered overall. There's some slight alcohol legs on this, and the liquid is slightly viscous overall. No major complaints here!

The aroma gushes with toasted caramel malts and citrus rinds, alongside a surprisingly dried leaf-like finishing smell. The cracked brownish barley really comes around, but it is also coated with a dried, herbal hoppy flavor. Smells like a fresh homebrew batch in some ways, which is a good sign. There's not much stinging from the alcohol at the finish, and overall it's not too noticeable. Unlike Mirror Pond, this is slightly a more traditional version of an APA but still uniquely fruity and zesty.

The flavor immediately turns to a maltier, fuller breadiness than it was at the nose, with a slightly dried, citrus-like finish. The toasted malt notes aren't hiding at all here, and leave a biscuit-like aftertaste after each sip. The orange peel flavors are really soothing and nice here overall, and envelop within a combination of brown sugar and baking spice. It feels slightly sticky at times, maybe even syrupy, but is definitely generous is terms of providing carbonation. It's enough that it feels really full-bodied and bready, but not enough to make this feel heavy at all. Other than a light amount of heat at the finish, there's barely any alcohol to be noticed here - rather, the toasted malts and spiced zesty hops do their job rather well here. Fantastically refreshing.

This reminds me so vividly of the spices and aromas that go with Autumn, yet it seems to work so well right now during a chilly night on the first day of Spring. In a way, I don't see how this wouldn't work for any season, really. It's nicely refreshing and flavorful with lots of aspects that are present in variations of pale ales, yet come together nicely in a balanced manner. Fans of Deschutes, don't pass this by. Personally, I'd take this over a Mirror Pond or even most Winter Warmers available on the market any day! (2,339 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. A souvenir of my summer 2011 road trip through the Pacific northwest.

This beer pours a crystal clear pale orange-amber hue, with two fingers of thick foamy, puffy off-white head, which leaves some nice droopy coral reef lace around the glass as things eventually succumb to gravity and other physical phenomena.

It smells of sweet biscuity caramel malt, bitter citrus cream, a more than subtle mint edginess, and further floral perfume and leafy hops. The taste is more sweet caramel and toffee, mildly bitter grapefruit pith and forest floor coverings, blended with a nicely rounded leafy, floral, metallic mint, and perfumed flower hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequately moderate, and mostly unobtrusive, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, as the hops aren't really into playing spoiler in this one. It finishes off-dry, the malt still putting up a decent power-to-the-people sort of fight, all against a punchy hop attack that at the same time keeps one gun a little too well holstered.

A rather stellar pale ale - pretty much as balanced as possible, without fear of tipping over and up to the next level of IPA temptation. The purported extra level of booze beyond standard issue in this here particular offering is a minor bit of distraction, but overall this is one hoppy, tasty, and fruity pale ale, worthy of its lofty American stature. (1,385 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ho-lee-s@%t... This thang is off the hook like a pit bull that broke it's leash! I mean, wow! Juicy, malty, pure green green grass...oh my! Cleaner than a spritz at the Ritz, I am feeling this one hard, my children.

This is like a world with the Kardashian's - excellence.
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Photo of Steamer
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden amber with a light tan head that dissipates very quickly but leaves a lot of nice lacing. Hoppy with a few piney notes. Very smooth and full flavor, the hops is not overpowering, some citrus; a little bitter after taste, but not unpleasant. The mouth feel is clean with some dryness that comes on after you swallow. Overall: One of the smoothest IPAs I have had. If you are looking for an IPA that won't knock you out with the hops and still has outstanding flavor, this is the one. (495 characters)

Photo of beagle75
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, light coppery-amber color with one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Malt-forward, sweet and toasty, also showing some juicy pine and citrus hops. The contrasting smells join to give the impression of well-worn leather.

T: Begins off-dry, with balanced grainy pale malt and citrus/floral aromatic hops. Acidity peaks in the middle, alongside the durable flavors from the beginning, but remains within ideal limits. Faint caramel also asserts itself in the middle, and goes on to influence the moderately bitter but smooth finish.

M: Medium viscosity, very smooth on the palate with perfect acidity, and with low carbonation.

D: Apparently this is the "debut" Northwest pale ale--while I don't recall that claim on the label in its previous vintages, otherwise this beer is as strong as ever. Red chair is very full-flavored, not to mention fairly strong for an American-style pale ale. While acidity gets in the way or becomes distracting in many beers, here it elevates the other qualities. A stylistic moniker of 'extra' or 'strong' before the pale ale would not be out of place here, if Deschutes ever decides to shelve the NWPA movement. (1,247 characters)

Photo of seetrider
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice orange color with red hue. Pours with very modest amount of head but leaves good lacing on the glass.

S: Floral and hoppy smell with some fruity hints.

T: Crisp and fresh taste with a good amount of hoppiness giving way to a floral, malty flavor. Quite refreshing.

M: A bit soapy, but it may just be the hoppiness- rather similar to Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale; overall well balanced.

D: It's got good drinkability for the aBV% but I wouldn't exactly say it's a session beer.

Overall, I really like this beer, it's got good flavor and kick and I will continue to look for it during the spring months. (610 characters)

Photo of SeasonsOfTheBrew
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale ale taken just short of an IPA with a wonderful piney, resinous aroma and taste with a full-bodied malt backbone. One of my favorite all-time beers.

From the brewer: About Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale
The citrus punch of a big IPA, minus the one-dimensional hop sledgehammer. Seven select European and domestic malts round out the edges for a complex, copper-colored brew. Like its namesake ski lift, it's an insider's ride to fresh thrills. (449 characters)

Photo of yetijosie
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried this beer on tap (Blackbird Cantina Deluxe in El Paso TX) and it is excellent. Not too dry like the sierra nevada pale, not too bitter. Just the perfect balance of skunkiness and breadiness. (196 characters)

Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.